Jacksonville Holds Off Vote on UDO, Mass Rezoning

In 2007 the City of Jacksonville embarked on a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) project. The project is the first comprehensive update of the city’s zoning ordinance since its adoption in 1972.

The UDO can be found here

In conjunction with the UDO, land with a zoning district classification from the previous zoning ordinance will be reclassified or translated to one of the zoning district classifications within the new UDO. As a result, every property within the City’s jurisdiction (City limits and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction) will be rezoned accordingly. However, most uses allowed in the current zoning district will be allowed in the new zoning district, and few nonconformities will be created by the rezoning.

The City of Jacksonville held a series of UDO Public Town Meetings to offer the opportunity to view maps, check the status of current zoning for property and the permitted uses, and then compare that to the proposed zoning for property under the proposed ordinance.

After many hours of preparation, review by City staff, the appointed UDO Steering Committee, the Planning Advisory Board and the Jacksonville City Council, the UDO was presented for public hearing in March.

After public comments regarding potential unintended consequences impacting multifamily development, City Council voted to hold off approving the UDO and subsequent rezoning. Council will likely revisit the issue in April.

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